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Grinchmas arrives at Universal Studios Hollywood

Grinch and Max at Universal Studios Hollywood


Grinchmas arrives at Universal Studios Hollywood

When we think of Hollywood, we think of movie stars, movie sets… movies, movies, movies! And that’s exactly the experience that Universal Studios Hollywood gives us – especially when it comes to Grinchmas. It’s like stepping right into “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch How Stole Christmas.”

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood

We spent the day at Universal Studios Hollywood over the weekend enjoying Grinchmas. In 2014, it will run weekends on December 6-7 and 13-14, then continues daily from December 19, 2014 through January 3, 2015. It’s a HUGE deal. It’s literally like stepping into the set – characters included. They’re makeup is on point, and don’t worry if you stare – they totally get it.

Happy Whobiliation

Grinchmas at Universal Studios

If you’re looking for all the Grinchmas craziness, you’ll find it at Universal Plaza. The plaza has been transformed into Whoville for their Whobilation. There you’ll find an array of activities, backdrops and photo opportunities at every turn. It’s so much fun to walk around and discover something new.

Signs at The Grinch

Gifts under Grinchmas christmas tree

Who-ville Post Office

Visitors will have a chance to partake in the “Grow Your Hearts 3 Sizes” campaign when they share their good deeds on a postcard and mail them to The Grinch. In return, Random House Children’s Books, the publishers of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, will pay it forward by donating a book to a child in need through First Book on behalf of the sender.


Postmasters at Whoville

Trim up the Tree Lot

Guests can design and personalize their own “Grinchmas” ornaments to help decorate the venue’s other “Grinchmas” trees or take them home as a keepsake.

Decorate a christmas ornament at Grinchmas

Who-bilicious Cookie Dec-Who-rating

Freshly baked, ginger bread cookies will be available for purchase, and guests can create their very own amazing treats with an assortment of delectable frostings and tasty toppers.

Cookie Decorating

Story Time with Cindy Lou Who

Cindy Lou Who and her Who friends will gather guests of all ages – tall and small—for an engaging storytelling show of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, featuring special effects and audience participation.

Cindy Lou at Grinchmas

Aside from Universal Plaza, you’ll also want to take the Studio Tour because you’ll get the chance to enjoy a close-up view of the original Who-ville film sets and a one-of-a-kind performance by unforgettable Who-ville Whos re-enacting popular scenes and songs from the family favorite.

Whoville studio tour

The ultimate must-have picture is the gigantic “Grinchmas” tree – a whimsical centerpiece twisting and spiraling 60 feet. It’s so ridiculously amazing, and you HAVE to come back in the evening to see it lit. It happens every 30 minutes starting at 5 p.m.

Who-liday Singers

Christmas Tree lighting


And the one thing that is well worth the wait? A picture with The Grinch and his adorable dog Max. It’s about a 60 minute wait, so be prepared.

Grinch and Max at Universal Studios Hollywood

There are also musical numbers performed by Martha May Who-vier and the Who Dolls, and later in the afternoon, The Wholiday Singers—a hip boy-band ensemble. Catch all of this and other attractions, like Super Silly Fun Land and Minion Mayhem – the kids will LOVE it!

During our visit, we made this video of what you can expect during Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood – because sometimes pictures aren’t enough.

“Grinchmas” is included in the price of theme park admission. More information is available at

Grinchmas Photo Opportunity

Martha May Whovier

Whoville sign at Universal Studios Hollywood

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Pattie Cordova is founder of Cordova Media Group, LLC, a boutique social media consulting firm that develops and creates social media strategies for businesses. She manages and is EIC for LMVL SoCal. In her spare time (what little there is LOL) she enjoys working out, hanging out with her family (two chiclets and a Hubster) and traveling.



  1. Mary

    December 19, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Wow love all the pictures! We love Grinchmas at Universal!

  2. Jaime Jenkins

    December 19, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    That tree is amazing!! I have read this story about 20 times in the past week and we love to go see it!

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